Brighten Your Pearly Whites With These Powerful Foods

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Foods play an extremely important role in our lives, but who didn’t know that already? The foods we eat affect our mood, the way our skin looks and feels, our hair and nails, the strength of our bones, down to our teeth and gums.

Now ask yourself, what stands out the most when meeting someone for the first time? Is the way they’re dressed? Sure, that’s one thing that stands out, but most of the time it’s the glow of the skin and a bright smile (healthy, white teeth) that helps solidify a great first impression. According to a survey released by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), 99.7% of all adults believe a healthy smile is socially important. 74% of those surveyed believe an unattractive smile can hurt their career success. What do you think?

If you’re feeling a bit nervous about your smile and the brightness of your teeth, the AACD suggests adding these foods to your grocery list. They all have natural cleansing and whitening powers that will make any smile glisten.

Basil – Basil is a natural antibiotic that inhibits the growth of bacteria in the mouth.

Broccoli – An acid-resistant film or barrier is formed by the iron contained in broccoli; this barrier protects the enamel of your teeth.

Carrots – Carrots are packed with vitamin A, which is needed for healthy tooth enamel.

Cheese – Packed with protein, phosphorus and calcium, cheese helps buffer the acids in your mouth. Additionally, calcium and phosphorus assist in repairing or remineralization of teeth.

Ginger – As a natural anti-inflammatory, ginger supports healthy mouth tissue.

Onions – Due to the sulfate compounds onions contain (garlic too), eating them raw can reduce the bacteria that causes tooth decay; cooking them destroys the bacteria-fighting compounds.

Pineapples – Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain that acts as a natural stain remover and helps dissolve plaque.

Salmon – Essential to healthy bones and teeth, salmon contains both vitamin D and calcium.

Sesame seeds – These seeds contain calcium and help scrub plaque off of your teeth.

Shitaki mushrooms – Lentinan, another compound that inhibits bacteria from growing in your mouth, is found in shitaki mushrooms.

This is just the beginning. There are several other foods out there that help ward off disease and common health concerns.

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